McGinnis adds Irish to top group

Linebacker Arthur McGinnis talks standouts, timeline, his latest offer from Notre Dame (and when he plans to visit), as well as a major factor that will play into his final decision.

On the first day of Warren Easton's spring football practice, Irish assistant Kerry Cooks made sure to be present. He was able to evaluate linebacker Arthur McGinnis in person, as well as extend an offer.

"He said that Notre Dame had been trying to get in touch with me for a while," McGinnis said. "He said the entire staff really liked my film. He said that they had the wrong telephone number for me for a while."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker said he has been receiving frequent mail for Notre Dame for the past couple of months.

He plans on visiting Notre Dame June 20 for Notre Dame's invite-only summer camp.

"It's a huge offer," McGinnis said. "Manti Te'o played there and helped lead the team to a 12-0 season and the national championship. I studied him a lot."

McGinnis, who has close to 15 offers, including Georgia, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UCLA, says playing time will be one of the most important factors in his decision.

"Of course academics will matter a lot," McGinnis said. "I want to go into business management, and I know Notre Dame excels there. The coaching staff will matter and so will playing time. I know that redshirting is like paying your dues these days, but I want to get on the field. Playing time will matter a lot."

McGinnis was offered by the Irish as an outside linebacker.

He plans on narrowing his list this summer, but he did name a few schools that are coming on strongest in his recruitment right now.

"Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Mississippi State I have really good relationships with so far," McGinnis said.

McGinnis is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 14 middle linebacker in the class of 2015 by

Warren Easton is expected to contend for the Class 4A state title next year with McGinnis and four-star wide receiver Tyron Johnson returning, along with three-star quarterback Deshawn Capers-Smith (Texas A&M commit) and three-star wide receiver Darrell Clark.

Earlier this spring, McGinnis edged out teammate Johnson in SPARQ competition, compiling an impressive score of 106.35. Top Stories